February 15, 2020

          

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Fr. George told us that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law of Moses.

Jesus goes beyond all that we do and asks that we be led by love and empathy.  All of us get angry and feel hurt, but how do we respond?  Words can kill; looks can kill.  Words can’t be taken back, so how do we express our feelings without hurting others and ourselves?  We need to acknowledge our anger and then decide what to do.  Taking the time to understand another person’s perspective helps us choose what is good.  Jesus was always led by love.

“Jesus… teaches that with radical faith in God, human beings are capable of much more than just conforming to customs and rules of good conduct” (Sr. Mary Frohlich, RSCJ).

[Jesus] challenges all of his followers (then, now, and future) to be aware of their interior dispositions in their interactions with others.  Our actions might not rise to [acting out].  Our hearts, however, may betray the goodness to which God calls us (Linda McMahon).

Understanding and fulfilling the purpose of the law differentiates us from robots.  Only human beings can interact in a way that leads all parties concerned to become more human (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

Love requires the hard work of discernment in each case to determine the balance of mercy and justice.  Love means negotiating differences with our opponents and respecting the dignity of others in thought and speech.  Love takes the Commandments to the next level of wisdom and compassion in dealing with dilemmas and the need to compromise (Pat Marrin).

Lord Jesus, begin a new work of love within me.  Instill in me a greater love and respect for your commandments.  Give me a burning desire to live a life of holiness and righteousness.  Purify my thoughts, desires, and intentions that I may only desire what is pleasing to you and in accord with your will (Don Schwager).

          

          

          

         

       

February 16, 2020

               

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

February 8, 2020

       

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Fr. George told us that “today Jesus reminds us that we are the light of the world, salt of the earth; so we have to make a difference in the world.”

We are called to be light in darkness, suffering, and division.  Baptism has given us the power of the Holy Spirit, yet we hide it under an overturned bushel basket.  We are loving, generous, wonderful, beautiful.  We have the light, so how do we become messengers of hope?  We don’t have to literally die for others; our good deeds can be channels of goodness in the world.  We are blessed, so let us be more receptive to the needs of others.  Let us show our light (Audio recording transcribed and paraphrased).

“If we are really trying to follow the Light, to follow Christ and discern what is of God, I believe we’ll be on the right track (Molly Mattingly).

In our world when so much polarization has gripped the church and beyond, perhaps one way we can think about the discord and pain is as metaphorical cramps in the Body of Christ due to lack of sufficient “salt of the earth.”  The remedy is simple, but the responsibility is ours: it is up to us to provide the missionary discipleship Christ calls us to live and, in turn, become the necessary salt and light the world needs today (Daniel P. Horan, OFM).

Today we’re invited to become saltier.  We’ll do that by reconsidering our values and learning from people whose approach to life makes us question our own.  With that, new light will dawn on us— and it will inevitably shine forth (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

[Jesus] invites us to share in his mission and desires that we bring God’s blessings to others.  In responding to this invitation, we offer thanksgiving and praise to God by our lives and God is glorified (Linda McMahon).

While the church does not choose one candidate over another, it asks its members to choose based on the values it holds.  We must ask what our shining city should look like, then work to create one that welcomes us and all our brothers and sisters (Pat Marrin).

Lord Jesus, you guide me by the light of your saving truth.  Fill my heart and mind with your light and truth and free me from the blindness of sin and deception that I may see your ways clearly and understand your will for my life.  May I radiate your light and truth to others in word and deed (Don Schwager).

         

          

          

          

          

February 9, 2020

    

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

February 2, 2020

          

Presentation of the Lord / Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Today Fr. George said that every child is a gift from God and so belongs to the whole community of believers.  “What are we beyond what we can see?  Do I bring out the best in myself?  In others?  Baptized in Christ are we living where we’re supposed to be?  Are we true children of God— dedicated to him, rooted in our faith in Jesus?”

The Mother of God… carried the true light in her arms and brought him to those who lay in darkness.  We, too, should carry a light for all to see and reflect the radiance of the true light as we hasten to meet him (St. Sophronius).

[E]ach of us is called to labor together with God.  […]  No matter our starting point, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord invites us to recognize God’s fledgling appearances in our world, to marvel at the mystery, and to dedicate ourselves to nurturing it (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

This coming week, as we pray, let us open our eyes and hearts to see, feel, and proclaim the source of salvation among us.  […]  Let us trust that God will reveal the divine presence that dwells in all as we encounter other ordinary people who love God in extraordinary ways (Linda McMahon).

Lord Jesus, you are my hope and my life.  May I never cease to place all my trust in you.  Fill me with the joy and strength of the Holy Spirit that I may boldly point others to your saving presence and words of eternal life (Don Schwager).

“If only we would permit ourselves not to see the present, but to gaze steadfastly with hope at things a little more distant” (St. Basil).

        

          

February 2, 2020

               

January 26, 2020

         

Sunday of the Word of God / Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Fr. George told us that Ordinary Time allows us the opportunity to encounter Jesus in our lives.  “Walk with him, listen to him, experience him, and learn how to have an extraordinary life.”  Jesus is the light of the world; but we, too, can light the path for others.

The call to God’s kingdom calls us to become part of a new community.  […]  But how do we follow the call to discipleship?  Where do we need to say “yes” and take a chance on God? (Kris Veldheer).

[T]he majority of us aren’t called to leave everything behind, but rather to let our daily life go through the gradual transformations that can turn every profession, every job, and all our relationships into experiences of the kingdom of heaven (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

What we really want is to hear that, despite all our ordinary ways and even our weaknesses, Jesus… has stopped to look at us and call us by name to follow him.  Whatever the cost of discipleship, this prayer persists, and rightly so, for it is our openness to God’s love at work in our lives, the vocation that goes to the core of who we really are (Pat Marrin).

Look for the light [and] draw on the courage of our faith to share the… light of Christ with others (Barbara J. Dilly, PhD).

Lord Jesus, your ways are life and light!  Let your word penetrate my heart and transform my mind that I may see your power and glory.  Help me to choose your ways and to do what is pleasing to you (Don Schwager).

“The Spirit raises our hearts to heaven, guides the steps of the weak, and brings perfection to those who are making progress” (St. Basil).

          

          

January 26, 2020

               

           

January 19, 2020

               

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

January 11, 2020

          

Baptism of the Lord / Ordinary Time: Msgr. Chamberlain told us that Jesus is the invisible God.  “Philip asked, ‘When do we get to see God?’  And Jesus replied, ‘When you see me, you see God.’  The Christmas season ends today, so Ordinary Time is for us to reflect on the meaning of Christmas until we get to Lent.  Let us ask ourselves: Am I really living the Christian gospel?  Our day to day life is to live the gospel because we are all children of the Father.  The gospel is our rule of life, so— Let me be a little bit better, stronger, more aligned to the gospel of the Lord.”

“The plan of the Father was for Jesus to make atonement for all sin by becoming the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and thus reconcile all to the Father” (St. Jude Bible Diary).

“Today’s solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord is also a celebration of our baptisms, a reminder of who we are and why we are in the world” (Pat Marrin).

“The scene of the baptism shows how Jesus’ discernment of the will of God opened him to hear God’s confirmation of his actions” (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

The celebration of Jesus’s baptism invites us to think about the consequences of our own baptism.  Through baptism, we, too, are suffused with the same Spirit of God.  We, too, are called to dream of justice and healing for all— not just to dream, but to enact that dream in the everyday circumstances of our lives” (Rev. Donald Senior, CP).

Glimpsing the face of God, we pass from death to life.  […]  In accepting our humanity, we find God’s embrace (Jeanne Schuler, PhD).

Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and with the fire of your love and goodness.  May I always find joy and delight in seeking to please you in doing your will just as you have delighted in the joy of pleasing your Father and doing his will (Don Schwager).

“We are all one because the Father is in Christ, and Christ is in us” (St. Hilary).

          

January 12, 2020 

               

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

January 5, 2020

         

Epiphany of the Lord / Christmas: Fr. George told us that, by giving simple, ordinary, heartfelt gifts to God, we become channels of his goodness.

“This week, don’t let a day go by without smiling and/or laughing and/or finding delight in someone or something” (Sr. Denise Wilkerson, SP).

As we close the Christmas season, Matthew invites us to cultivate a double vision.  We need to cast a critical and self-reflective eye on the religious leaders here.  […]  With the other eye, we follow the Magi and gaze beyond our horizons, toward new respect and openness to others who genuinely seek to know God (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

Darkness only accentuates the light.  Jesus has kindled the light of his love in our hearts, and the brightness of that love will show us the way forward (Pat Marrin).

In the motion of the magi, a journey toward and away from Bethlehem, we can feel the rhythmic procession of our own lives touched by the radiance of divine encounter and charged to live it out justly, with and for others, especially in unsettling times, aware of potential risks and costs (Carmen M. Nanko-Fernández, DMin).

“Let us follow the star of inspiration and divine attraction which calls us to the crib, and let us go there to adore and love the Child Jesus and offer ourselves to him” (St. Jane Frances de Chantal).

“Lord, make me a mirror that reflects your light into the lives of others” (St. Jude Bible Diary).

          

          

          

       

January 5, 2020

               

December 29, 2019

          

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph / Octave of the Nativity: Today Fr. James, a member of Heralds of Good News, told us that families are called to holiness when they trust in God and grow in the Holy Spirit through prayer, meditation, and communion.

“Regardless of what the family structure looks like, the characteristics of trust, love, and support are necessary in any family— and, this is what the holy family demonstrates in today’s gospel” (Thomas Lenz, PharmD).

Our families today are not exempt of the many dangers attacking.  May the Holy Family continue to be our guide and inspiration as we take the sojourn of family life (St. Jude Bible Diary).

Jesus revealed and imitated a self-emptying God whose love is unconditional and extravagant beyond human reckoning.  Jesus was formed by such love, and his goal is to form us in this experience as well (Pat Marrin).

Lord Jesus, make me a faithful servant of your word and guardian of your truth.  Help me to obey you willingly, like Joseph and Mary, with unquestioning trust and with joyful hope (Don Schwager).

          

          

          

          

December 29, 2019